The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Letter O…

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet A-Z…Where the middle letter is O…

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Jarlsberg, Korma, Apple and Tursu a variety of Turkish pickled vegetables… how easy that will be who knows I am sure some of the letters of the alphabet could cause the grey matter to rebel or implode…haha…I also don’t want to use plurals to form a word as I may need that word for another letter and it’s sort of cheating I think…unless of course I really get stuck…which I am sure will happen…

Today it is words where the middle letter is O... so many O’s and Ahh’s…lol…what to choose…So much to love like the Dodolle which sound quite delicious, there are a few kinds of cheese like ricotta and Reblochon washed down with a Molotov cocktail…or two…Hic

Let’s go and see what I have found…

Adobo…can mean many things…

Adobo is a dish that originated in the Philippines and is sort of the unofficial national dish…A traditional Philippine dish, usually Adobo Chicken or Adobo Pork.

The term is also used in Caribbean and Mexican cooking, in reference to different forms and flavours. Spanish colonists gave the name “adobo” to the cooking method indigenous to the Philippines, as their marinades were so similar. Today, Spanish adobo typically refers to the sauce, intensely flavoured and red, due to the paprika, containing chipotle chiles that have been stewed in the basic adobo marinade mixture.

However, in the Caribbean …Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine adobo is a seasoning…either wet or dry …The most popular version is the dry seasoning mix, made from garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper, and sometimes dried citrus.

Aioli …

Traditionally made of just Olive Oil, Garlic and Lemon Juice…classic Mediterranean flavours…it is beautiful served with a big platter of blanched, seasonal vegetables garnished for a very special occasion with salt cod…Delicious.

Chocolate…

Requires no explanation…it just needs careful selection making sure it is really Fairtrade and no child labour is used to make your bar of chocolate…this is a subject very dear to my heart children should be children and workers should get paid a fair wage …

Bok Choy…

This Chinese cabbage is not only crunchy and delicious it is packed full of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that make it a beneficial addition to your diet.

Bologna…

Is processed meat made from pork, beef, chicken and turkey or any emulsified combination of meat scraps which may contain garlic or spices it can be finely ground or coarsely ground and made into sausages which are then smoked…

Brioche…

Brioche is a cross between bread and cake …French in origin it has a high butter and egg content a rich dough…which can be served with a dollop of jam for breakfast or filled with ham and cheese for lunch… leftovers are great for making puddings or french toast.

Crocodile…

The first time I ate crocodile was a few years ago when we were on holiday in Florida with my American cousins when they introduced me to the crocodile as a food…we were in this little shack-like place where the water was slightly coming through the boards…

It is high in protein, rich in Omega 3 and low in fat and sodium. Thus, it can be a good substitute for other regular types of meats such as pork and chicken…

Coconut…

The fruit of the coconut palm...It’s used for its water, milk, oil, and tasty meat. A versatile fruit with many uses …See the above link for more info on the versatile and healthy Coconut.

Cocoyam…

Grown for their edible roots however all parts of this plant are edible…a root vegetable most commonly known as taro, kalo, dasheen, madhumbe, marope, magogoya, Patra or godere.

Cod Fish…

One of my favourite sea fish…the cod’s flesh is dense and mild in flavour which is low in fat…due to overfishing, it is now subject to limited harvesting to preserve the species hence why it is now very expensive.

According to the 2019 stock assessment, the Gulf of Maine stock is overfished and below the target biomass level. A new 10-year rebuilding plan was implemented for this stock in 2014 and the stock is targeted to rebuild by 2024…I just wish humans would think about what they are doing instead of this grab it all attitude without a thought for the future…I am beginning to think we are not the best custodians of this beautiful world which gives us much and we take all…rant over…

Crotonese Cheese…

Crotonese cheese is an aged sheep’s milk (pecorino) from Calabria, Italy. Aged three years, giving the cheese a nice nutty, salty bite. It is a great alternative to other grating cheese. The cheese is aged in wicker baskets creating a decorative cross-hatched patterned rind.  Excellent for grating on pasta, salads & vegetables, it is also a great selection for a cheeseboard.

Dodolle Dumplings…

A popular old Hungarian peasant dish made from potatoes it is served with sour cream and roasted onions…to ensure that this beautiful dish is not forgotten there is a popular Wine and Dödölle festival held every year, where even a Guinness record was set in 2006 by making 2,331 servings of Dödölle at the same time. I could eat a plateful of these they look delicious  

Although this is not in English…I fast-forwarded to the bits I wanted to see after reading the attached recipe…Although they are not the healthiest they would make a nice occasional treat…

Enoki Mushrooms…

These pure white tiny mushrooms are one of my favourites they are lovely deep-fried and crispy as a garnish…or added to a soup this mushroom has a delicate, savoury flavour and a crunch from the thin strands. You can eat it sauteed or raw in salads, or throw it raw into ramen and hot pot and it cooks up right in the broth…Many mushrooms have an earthy taste which some don’t like these mushrooms don’t and I think would be liked by some who don’t normally like mushrooms.

Popular in Japanese cuisine this mushroom is highly nutritious, it is rich in nutrients, B vitamin and fibre.

Fiori Pasta…

A decorative pasta the name translated means flowers…Its shape is similar to rotelle pasta, which resembles a wheel with spokes. Both types of pasta are thick and decorative and can be used in many ways, including baking with ground beef.

Goose Fat…

There is nothing like roast potatoes cooked in goose fat…my abiding memory of goose is Christmas dinner at my grandparents where the goose was always served…the meat of the goose is delicious… a wild goose, for instance, tastes like rich rare roast beef, only better. Goose meat is an excellent source of iron – more than beef, pork or chicken.

My grandfather kept geese and they were far better for security than a watchdog…They are fierce trust me…

Gyoza Japanese dumplings…

Potstickers as they are popularly called...Gyoza fillings can be seasoned with a variety of flavours. Nira (garlic chives) is one of the most popular choices but onion, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and sesame seeds are also commonly used…

Halloumi Cheese…

Halloumi is a Cypriot cheese made from sheep’s, goat’s, and/or cow’s milk. It’s pretty unusual as far as cheese goes because you can fry it up and it won’t melt away into oblivion like a lot of other cheeses would – it keeps its shape, and softens up just enough to become nice and squidgy in the middle.

It has only been this last year that I have tried Halloumi and I was pleasantly surprised…Cashew Nut Curry with Halloumi and Brocolli…

It was also the first time I had used cashew nut paste in a curry again I was surprised at how good it was…

Kasnocken…

Are Austrian dumplings with cheese and onions…Tiny little dumplings made with beer cheese they are very popular on the ski slopes and it is said they should never be eaten with a fork just a spoon…The reason it is almost impossible to clean the cheese of the tines of the fork…a washer uppers nightmare…

Liquorice…

Liquorice is one of my favourite sweets…as a child we used to get the raw liquorice which took forever to chew or little imps does anyone remember those?

Like vanilla, liquorice can be used to flavour sugar…Powdered liquorice, or liquorice compound, can be added straight to recipes — whether that’s a pinch mixed into a meat rub, stirred into cake batter or added to a sweet custard.

Black liquorice can help your digestive system work more effectively. It can even ease symptoms from indigestion, heartburn and ulcers. Black liquorice extracts have been linked to a reduction in the bacteria that cause ulcers.

After a meal has settled, drinking a cup of liquorice root tea may soothe the digestive system and encourage a bowel movement which is why it’s also popularly used as a natural laxative, so it can help with constipation, and as an aid for digestive problems. …

Molotov Cocktail…or a Bob Marley shooter

Named after the eponymous incendiary device, this flaming shooter provides a dash of drama and bravado to drinking warm vodka…Cheers!

A shooter is normally set on fire and you drink it quick..quicker than my son did on my daughter’s hen night in Jamaica the Bob Marley is the colourful one on the left and he singed his eyebrows…lol

Octopus…

Octopus is rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s also low in fat, making it a great source of complete protein for people trying to manage their weight…popular in the Meditteranean region cooked properly octopus is a lovely thing…not properly cooked and it’s like squid-like chewing on tyre rubber…

Pyeonsu…

Is a Korean dumpling…square shaped it is typically served chilled with a dipping sauce of soy and vinegar…or it is served floating in a light broth…also known as summer vegetarian dumplings.

Ricotta Cheese…

Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from sheep, cow, goat or Italian water buffalo milk whey leftover from the production of other cheeses…Makes beautiful cheesecakes mixed with some mascarpone cheese, it also is used as a mayonnaise substitute in traditional egg or tuna salad and as a sauce thickener.

Roe…

Roe contains numerous healthful minerals and nutrients, such as magnesium, selenium, and vitamin B-12, though these vary slightly among types. Fish roe also contains healthful unsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3.

My mother used to use hard roe or soft roe…the soft roe she would cook lightly in butter and serve on brown toast…the hard roe she would fry and serve with our fish and chips on a Friday…Roe of course is synonymous with my favourite Greek dish of Taramasalata.

Scone…

A beautiful scone is a wonderful thing…but me as you know as apart from bread I am not a baker or a cake maker…my mother was the scone and cake maker she used to win prizes for her cakes and scones and would really frown up me if she knew I used (whispered) very quietly baking powder…

I will say though that these Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle… are my best effort yet.

Salmorejo…

Salmorejo is a creamy thick soup that is served cold in a bowl. It originates from the South of Spain, Córdoba specifically. The main difference from gazpacho is the addition of bread. … Often the soup is garnished with hard-boiled eggs and diced Serrano ham.

Soy…

Soy is a popular legume of Asian origin. People who follow a vegetarian diet often use soy to replace meat. … Soybeans are healthful and rich in protein, giving them numerous nutritional uses. People can eat them, drink them in milk alternatives, and take them in the form of supplements.

Tripoline Pasta…

A type of ribbon pasta noodles which are thick ridged on one side…made from durum wheat semolina the gentle waves catch creamy sauces perfectly.

Trout…

Trout are closely related to salmon … They are classified as oily fish. Rainbow trout is a North American game fish that get their name from the beautiful colours that shine on their skin…it is also one of my favourite fish…Although not indigenous to Scotland the Rainbow Trout and the brown trout can be found all across Scotland, it is probably the most popular species to target by homegrown anglers.

Rainbow Trout is the sustainable, low mercury fish labelled a “best choice” by the EPA and FDA. This colourful patterned fish is a member of the salmon family and is one of the healthiest fish you can include in your diet. Plus, it’s an excellent alternative to the often-overfished salmon.

That’s all for the letter O…Thank you for joining me today I hope you have found something new and some of your favourites…in two weeks it will be the letter P, for example, Pumpkin and Apple…xx

Until tomorrow, where I will be back in my kitchen cooking from scratch, have a lovely day xx

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 8…Our actions…The Consequences…

 

Individual choices are important and if we all took a pledge to make a difference…it would as collectively we have the power…Consumer Power can be very powerful…

We are at the crisis point WE the consumer have choices...I know you are all busy and have lives BUT sometimes we also have to make a stand…To stand up and be counted…Because if you think that your inaction doesn’t matter because everyone else is doing it…Try multiplying that thought by everyone else who has the same thought as yours…

Individual consumer choices are important as is collective action which can really make a difference.

I can hear you groaning…haha…Like my smartwatch which reads my actions…But consider this scenario…

In England alone, the government figures tell us that 4.6 bn plastic straws, 316 m plastic stirrers ( yep) those itsy little bits of plastic to stir your drink and 1.8 bn plastic-stemmed cotton buds are used by us( YES) you/us are used each year…The government and the Queen have now announced an outright ban…

3 things that we could all do collectively which would make a huge difference…

  1. Check and buy only environmentally compostable cotton earbuds…
  2. Drink stirrers…
  3. Straws...Come in paper, bamboo, stainless steel and glass

N.B. The links are Amazon I am not affiliated to Amazon I just used these links as an example…These items should now be available locally to you and should be easy to source…

But what a difference that would make…How easy is that to action???

Now for the good news stories...or is it?

a stack of paper cups

Compostable cups… are they really recyclable? …Ummmmm well Biodegradable and compostable are actually 2 different things…sigh

biodegradable
adjective
1. A substance or object capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms

compostable
adjective
1. Something that can be used as compost when it decays.

This means that biodegradable items can break down within the environment with the help of bacteria or other living organisms. But this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for the planet. For example, some plastic bags can biodegrade into tiny pieces in around 20 years but they are still harmful to the environment.

However, if something is compostable, it means it is made of organic matter and it can completely break down to make nutrient-rich compost.

The Solution:

Stop using single-use items and choose reusable alternatives. There are so many reusable coffee cups and straws available now. Lots of coffee shops give you a discount when you take your own cup in too! Why not put a set of cutlery in your bag so you can say no to single-use forks/spoons?

I know it means making changes however step up and be counted we all need to do this…

Rivers…They flow into the sea...Do you have a river near you? Is it clean are the fish abundant or is it like this?

Image by Rafael_Neddermeyer from Pixabay

It may be like this as not everything reaches the sea much drops off on the way…SEE THE ABOVE REPORT.

Plastic bottles, the detritus of our throwaway water and soft drinks habits, are the most prevalent form of plastic pollution in European waterways, according to reports and particularly worse due to covid.

Food wrappers, including crisp and sweet packets, were the second biggest form of plastic pollution in rivers, followed by cigarette butts.

All of these forms of litter can cause problems for wildlife and fish and are hard to clean up once they have found their way into the water.

Glitter…“Some major supermarkets are moving to ban these harmful microplastics, but the British public is clear; supermarkets should be moving faster to tackle plastic waste.”

Vanuatu...Has one of the worlds strictest plastic bans…

Vanuatu local band

Vanuatu is an island country located in the southern Pacific Ocean.

The official name of the country is the Republic of Vanuatu.

Its closest neighbours are New Caledonia (France), Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Tuvalu.

The country is located some 1,750 kilometres (1,090 miles) east of northern Australia.

Vanuatu has 3 official languages: Bislama, English and French.

A beautiful country with pristine beaches and they aim to keep it that way 

The above link is a lovely read as to what can be achieved…it also includes damming info on how far behind the USA are on this…I always thought and looked up to the USA as they have led the world in many areas SADLY…Not by tackling Climate Change and waste…

Every other country and government take note…However big or small you are an outright ban…WORKS…

Another brilliant idea…I have just received my weekly “Meatless Monday email and this week the topic is “Fight Climate Change with your Fork

Lots of great info on how to do just that..some of which I already know and I’m sure you do but there are also some other great ideas please over and have a read…

Even though I bring you the harsh stark facts  think about those 3 small actions and how united we can make a difference…xxx

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – September 12th – 18th 2021 – Queen, Self-Care, Book Reviews, Bloggers, Health, Humour

Welcome to the round-up of posts on Smorgasbord you might have missed this week.

Life sometimes has the habit of getting in the way and interrupting our best-laid plans which is why I love a weekly roundup and Sally’s is full of music, laughter, books and with Christmas coming an ideal time to get some stocking fillers and of course, there is our health which is important #recommended read…there is something for everyone…

 

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 12th-September 18th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Mashed potatoes, Renewable Energy, Fairtrade Chocolate and Apple Dumplings…

Environmental A-Z, Mashed Potatoes, Punch and Judy, Fairtrade Chocolate, Renewable Energy, and Music from Bjorg…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the middle of September time just flies…already I am hearing mutterings about Christmas…sigh…although it will soon be time to make the Christmas Cake, Sweet Mincemeat and the Puddings…I will most certainly though be researching any chocolates I buy for Christmas this year as we all know or should know that child labour still happens and the checks that are made before issuing a Fairtrade certificate are not always very stringent…This brings me nicely to my first post of the week which was about Chocolate as it was International Chocolate Day..but you know me I can’t help just checking credentials…so please when buying Christmas chocolates please check their origins and if they are a bargain and cheap just spare a thought for those who pick the cocoa beans and imagine just how little they will be paid for your enjoyment and the companies profits…Just saying!

International Chocolate Day…Child Labour and Fairtrade Chocolate…

 

My week wasn’t planned in two halves like this it is just how it happened as every second week my Wednesday A-Z is environmental…

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 7… Climate Change and Renewable Energy…

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter P…I have been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…You may have been surprised that as it was the letter P that plastic didn’t feature front, middle and top…it was deliberate… as I bang that particular drum on many occasions and it isn’t all about plastic there are other important areas of concern which can and do affect our health and our families health…like Pharmaceutical waste and Pesticides…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter P…

I sometimes get fed up with silly days of the year but when they happened to be something like National Potato Month then I will promote it as I think it is such a versatile vegetable that is used in so many cuisines it deserves to be highlighted as it is not just something fit for soggy chips it is so much more…This week I will be highlighting sliced potatoes and their uses and there are far more than just crisps/chips.

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Mashed Potatoes…

#recommended read…Our health is important and some symptoms we shouldn’t ignore Please read this post whether or not you have concerns as this post will tell what you need to look out for…Be well and stay safe…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Guest Post – Outshining Ovarian Cancer by author Karen Ingalls.

I am getting nostalgic in my old age …maybe it is something which we all do at certain times in our lives…I don’t know…so this week for no better reason than I remember my grandmother and mother making these…Apple Dumplings and it seems many of you do too…

Friday Nostalgia…Apple Dumplings…

It’s that time of year when apples are plentiful and there is nothing like an apple dumpling with custard…How do you like your Apple Dumplings?

The Punch for mean initially conjured up…fruit punch and Punch and Judy…although I found many references to a “Punch”…There were many other references that didn’t involve violence of the worst kind although Punch and Judy shows in the early days were quite graphic…I hope you enjoy my foray through the world of “Punch”

Saturday Snippets…18th September 2021…Punch!

 

Once again I would like to extend my thanks for the emails, messages and calls of support for our dear daughter and for us stuck here at the moment so far away…it helps enormously…Lauren now knows what lies ahead for her going forward it will be a long road ahead starting with 6 months of aggressive chemotherapy but we hope with support and her fighting spirit she will get through this…on the plus side, her consultant has said she can attend a family wedding in a Cyprus before her treatment starts this cheered her up and she is busy sorting out her wardrobe…Thank you once again I do appreciate all the support…Much love and Hugs xxx

Tomorrow is the start of a new week I hope you will join me for next weeks posts…Have a lovely Sunday…after a  wet and windy week here today it’s sunny and bright xxx

 

It’s National Cheeseburger Day 2021! Bite Into These Great Cheeseburger Recipes!

It’s National Cheeseburger Day and nobody knows his burgers like this man…John Rieber will set your taste buds zinging...#recommended read

Head over and take your appetite…Enjoy!

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Saturday Snippets…18th September 2021…Punch!

 

Punch! Can mean anything from “Pinch, Punch the 1st of the month”, Punch and Judy a childhood favourite or they scared the bejesus out of you…Punch Drunk…Punching is a metal fabricating process, a delicious drink at a wedding or celebration, a magazine, a place…even a fine cigar…

A  rich and full-flavoured smoke, particularly by the final third. Flavours such as nutty or earthy dark tobacco are complemented beautifully by a caramel-like sweetness.

Punch cigars tend to have a blend of traditional British flavours such as oak and a natural earthiness, so it’s no wonder they’ve remained so popular among British cigar smokers…Like my father who loved a cigar after his evening meal…

The brand Punch was first registered in 1840 and received its name from the renowned character from the hit European puppet show, Punch and Judy. Much like its namesake, Punch Cigars gained particular popularity in Great Britain.

Punch and Judy Shows…

My abiding memory is watching Punch and Judy on the beach at Walton -on the Naze (Essex) from memory I went from laughing to being scared…“That’s The Way To Do It”

Mmmmm…

“It’ll be all right, my fine fellow,” said the Otter. “I’m coming along with you, and I know every path blindfold; and if there’s a head that needs to be punched, you can confidently rely upon me to punch it.”
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows…

Did you know?

There is even a toothpaste called Punch and Judy which is a cult children’s toothpaste brand…it has now been relaunched and retells the classic Punch & Judy story to appeal to modern audiences.

The Devil’s Punch Bowl, Oregon…

The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a large bowl naturally carved in a rock headland that is partially open to the Pacific Ocean. Waves enter the bowl and often violently churn, swirl, and foam.

I have discovered that the word “Punch” doesn’t only show violence…it can show churning and often violent movement in water like the Devil’s Punch Bowl but it can also show great beauty like this waterfall…The Punch Bowl Waterfall…Oregon.

Is a beautiful waterfall located on Eagle Creek…The falls are 35 feet tall and 10 feet wide…

Time for a film clip…this one is a black comedy which does seem to lend itself to the words Punch and Judy although in this case, it is Judy and Punch.

Fruit Punch can be non-alchoholic or very alcoholic depending on who is doing the mixing personally I have been caught out by a fruity punch that disguised its kick and kick it did…hic

Punch Bowl… I love the flavours of cranberry, cinnamon sticks and Oranges…with a touch of a liqueur…especially at Christmas…

  • Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Sparkling Apple Cider
  • Ginger Ale
  • Sprite or Vodka
  • Orange slices.

But in all honesty, you can add your own mix as anything goes in a punch which is the beauty of it…maybe pineapple juice, rum plus prosecco and some frozen ice cubes to keep it cool…if you want alcohol free some lemon and lime soda is good…

Just throw everything in together and mix…at Christmas I make a hot punch… recipe to follow closer to Christmas which is getting closer once again…sigh.

Quote: A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.

Bruce Lee.
Punch Magazine…a piece of British history will it be third time lucky for this satirical magazine?

Punch, or The London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and wood-engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 1850s, when it helped to coin the term “cartoon” in its modern sense as a humorous illustration.

After the 1940s, when its circulation peaked, it went into a long decline, closing in 1992. It was revived in 1996 but closed again in 2002…

Martial Arts…The most dangerous one punch.

That takes some dedication to be able to do that…

Time for a tune…

That’s all for Saturday Snippets today…Please feel free to leave a one-word in comments that you would like me to use as a prompt…I had fun with Clives last week…xx